Ithaca NY Some materials that are preserved online are facsimiles of fragile paper book “objects” that were formerly only available by special in-person request. They often appeared along with a pair of white gloves so that you could examine them. Papyrus texts are an example of ancient objects that are now available digitally from libraries and archives allowing researchers greater access to these significant scholarly resources. Columbia University, New York University and the University of Michigan house “Papryology” collections that make ancient papyrus documents available online for viewing and study.
The condition and the material content of the substance that very old text and images were recorded on provide insights into knowledge economies and early information exchange practices. In the following collections and resources information about the preservation of ancient documents, images, related information and results from the study of papyrus documents, a type of paper that was made from the Cyperus papyrus plant found growing along the Nile river in ancient Egypt, can be found.
• Advanced Papyrological Information System (APIS) from Columbia University: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/projects/digital/apis/index.html
• Papyrological Navigator from New York University: http://ancientworldonline.blogspot.com/search?q=Papyrological+Navigator+2.0
• A sampling of University of Michigan resources: